Tom Kaplan
A Connecticut native, Tom Kaplan moved to Southern California in 1980 to pursue a career in architecture. Luckily for him and the countless satisfied by Wolfgang Puck Fine Dinning Group restaurants nationwide, Kaplan decided to change paths and become the designer/manager of the fast food chain Croissants USA. The chain was later acquired by Ma Masion, where Wolfgang Puck was chef. The rest, as they say, is history as Kaplan and Puck have maintained a close and successful working relationship for 27 years. In 1982 Kaplan joined Puck for Spago’s opening in West Hollywood. Ten years later he moved to Las Vegas to open Spago at Caesars Palace in Sin City. In 2005 Las Vegas International Hotel & Restaurant Show named him Nevada Restaurateur of the year. Today Kaplan supervises 16 restaurants coast to coast, from Maui to Atlantic City.
Where were you born ?
Newark, N.J.
How long in Las vegas:
18 years
Spanish Trails
Senior managing partner for Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group
Favorite Restaurant:
Best Sushi:
Sen of Japan
Best Ethnic Food:
Best Italian:
Trattoria del Lupo
Best place for late night dining:
Noodles at Bellagio
Best dessert:
Best Sunday brunch:
Verandah at Four Seasons
Hautest Club/Lounge:
XS at Wynn/Encore
Best place for a power business meeting:
All-around favorite spot in Las vegas:
Mt. Charleston
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend?
Favorite shopping venue/boutique:
Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace
Best Spa:
The Spa at Four Seasons
Favorite Charity Event:
Keep Memory Alive benefiting Lou Ruvo Brain Institute/Cleveland Clinic
Favorite Cultural Event:
Any art opening at galleries, or museums at the Bellagio
Favorite Cultural Institution:
Springs Preserve
Best Aspect of Las vegas:
The mountains, parks and outdoor features
Best Steakhouse:
Best Pizza:
Wolfgang Puck Pizzeria & Cucina
Best Lunch:
Postrio Bar & Grill
Best Gym/Athletic Facility:
Mt. Charleston or Red Rock Canyon
Best Massage:
Four Seasons
Best Limousine/Driving Service:
AWG – Alan Waxler Group
Best Museum/Exhibit:
Springs Preserve
Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore:
Hoover Dam
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